Coach Mike Feminis is thrilled to sign three players from three winning high school programs
Coach Mike Feminis is thrilled to sign three players from three winning high school programs
Football - Wed, Mar. 9, 2011

CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University football program continued to acquire some of the top high school talent from around the Chicagoland area with the recent signings of three more prep recruits to add to the 2011 fall roster. Linebacker Alex Walters (6-0, 205 lbs.) and defensive backs Joe DeMarco (5-9, 175 lbs) and Danny Lombardo (5-10, 170 lbs.) have all signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers as part of the nationally recognized Cougar football team. Walters hails from Lisle, Ill., and enjoyed a standout prep career at Montini High School in Lombard, Ill. DeMarco resides in nearby Chicago Ridge and played for Richards High School, while Lombardo joins the program out of Lemont, Ill., where he was a member of Lemont High School's football team.

Walters was a team captain on the two-time defending Class 5A state champion Broncos of Montini. He was a Class 5A Academic All-State selection as well as an honorable mention pick on the Class 5A All-State Team. He was a first team honoree in the Suburban Christian Conference and also an all-area selection by the Daily Herald in DuPage County. In addition, Walters was the runner-up for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award given out by the Suburban Christian Conference. DeMarco was recognized as both a first team member of the South Suburban Red All-Conference Team and an all-area pick by the Southtown Star. Lombardo earned first team honors on the South Suburban Blue All-Conference squad and helped the Indians advance to the quarterfinals of the IHSA Class 6A football playoffs.

"Alex was the leader of a defense that won two straight state championships, so that speaks volumes," said SXU football coach Mike Feminis. "He has tremendous instincts and can really run. I'm expecting Alex to have an outstanding career as a Cougar and won't be surprised at all if he helps us right away like Zach Dolph (current SXU linebacker from Joliet Catholic Academy) did last fall as a true freshman.

"Joe and Danny both fill needs for us in the secondary," continued Feminis. "Joe is more of a safety and reminds me of a Joe Nee (former SXU standout safety) type. He is not very big, but very active and always around the football. Danny is an athletic corner, who might get a shot sooner rather than later, because of the hits we took there with graduation. Danny and Clayton Fejedelem (another recent SXU signee) were a tremendous duo in the secondary at Lemont and I'm sure they are looking forward to playing alongside each other for another four years. The best part is that you have three guys from great high school programs who know how to win."